Lake District

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.

A woman walks along the beach at Arnside on a clear spring day

Explore gardens, lakeshores, valleys and fells 

Many of the countryside places that we care for in the Lake District, along with our car parks, are open for local visitors to access for walks. Please book your visit to Sizergh, Allan Bank, Fell Foot, Hill Top, Acorn Bank and Steam Yacht Gondola in advance. There’s no need to book to visit places like Aira Force, Tarn Hows, or Borrowdale. We just ask that you come back another time if the car park is full.

Plan your next visit

Front of Townend house in the Lake District

Townend

A traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, full of intricately carved furniture and rare books. Step into the garden and enjoy far-reaching views over the Troutbeck valley.

Children throwing stones into the lake at Fell Foot

Half term adventures in the Lake District 

We're open for family fun this half term! Get out into the fresh air this spring and enjoy half term with the National Trust in the Lake District

A couple enjoys a drink in the outdoor seating area at Sticklebarn

Enjoy outdoor dining at Sticklebarn  

Round off your day in the Langdales with a bite to eat at Sticklebarn. Enjoy drinks, brunch and light meals on the terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of Great Langdale Valley, or grab a hot drink, cake or ice cream to take away and enjoy as you explore.

Car park sign and four walkers, Seatoller, Cumbria

Lake District car parks 

Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, exploring the area by boat, going for an amble by a lakeshore, or mountain biking on off road trails, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in the Lake District to help you plan your day. Check capacity before you set off with the Safer Lakes car parking tool.

Walks and wildlife in the Lake District

Camping in langdale

Places to stay 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's so much to explore on a holiday in the Lake District. Discover craggy fells, wildflower-rich meadows, traditional sheep farms and crystal-clear lakes. We have a wide range of accommodation across the Lake District, from lakeside cottages to rustic bothies and campsites for you to browse and plan your stay.

Lake District history

Looking after the Lakes

A view over two lakes

The 13 valleys of the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lakes is home to 13 valleys. Read about the history of each of them, and how they make up the World Heritage Site.